The bad news seems to be coming in waves for the Mets, as Travis d’Arnaud will undergo Tommy John surgery for a partially-torn UCL in his right elbow, effectively ending his season.
d’Arnaud was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday for the injury, without any confirmation on whether he will need surgery or not. d’Arnaud isn’t the only Mets’ position player to undergo Tommy John surgery in the past year, as third baseman T.J. Rivera had the season-ending surgery last season for a similar injury. d’Arnaud’s 2018 season will end with 3 hits in 15 at-bats.
The Mets’ catcher depth is already depleted early in this season. It was reported earlier today that backup catcher Kevin Plawecki has suffered a broken right hand, which will keep him on the shelf for two to three weeks. Tomas Nido and newly called-up veteran Jose Lobaton will likely split time behind the backstop for the foreseeable future.
d’Arnaud will become a free agent by the end of the 2018 season, and considering his nightmarish injury history, his future with the Mets seems murky, at best. The one positive takeaway you can make about d’Arnaud undergoing Tommy John surgery is that position players typically have a recovery time-table of around 6 to 8 months, while pitchers often need a full month to recover after undergoing the surgery.
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